Amy Astley is the Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue. As the founding editor of the magazine, Astley has melded street style, high fashion and pop culture to create not only a successful magazine—but a dynamic teen lifestyle brand.
Teen Vogue has a circulation of over one million readers and has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In October 2009, Astley released her first book, The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. The New York Times best seller is a practical reference guide for young adults interested in all areas of fashion: design, styling, photography, and journalism—reinforcing Teen Vogue’s motto, "Fashion Starts Here." She has also pioneered annual industry events such as Teen Vogue’s Fashion University and the Young Hollywood party. Astley developed a Teen Vogue bedding collection, which is now sold at Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, and JC Penny’s, among others.
A 23-year veteran of Conde Nast Magazines, Astley has been named one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful U.S. fashion editors, for continuously fueling the creative world of teen culture, beauty, entertainment, and fashion through print editorial, web and social media outlets.
She began her career in 1989 at House and Garden, where she worked as an associate editor. Astley joined Vogue in 1993 as a beauty associate, and became the Beauty Director by the following year. She worked at Vogue until she was chosen by Anna Wintour to launch Teen Vogue in 2003.
Astley is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University, class of 1989 with a degree in English. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Long a fashion-world legend, Vogue's flame-haired creative director was launched into the public consciousness by 2009's hit documentary The September Issue. British-born Coddington began her career as a model working with such iconic photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson before stepping behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy travelogues that would become her signature. In 1988 she joined U.S. Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion stories—often drawing on fairy tales and children's books such as Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz—have become instant classics. A creative leader who always encourages her team to push beyond the frame, Grace will share valuable insights and advice from her extensive experience in the fashion industry.
Fetherston was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley before attending Parsons in Paris to study fashion design. She launched her line in 2004, showcasing feminine, romantic, ruffled designs that have since become her signature. The brand earned a devoted celebrity following, and after moving to New York City in 2007, Fetherston was a recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2009, she was inducted as a member of the CFDA. Last year, she debuted Erin, a new contemporary line, which is enjoying critical acclaim from retail and press. Fetherston will share what inspires her designs and her girly style aesthetic.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s raison d’être is providing beautiful everyday classics accented with a sense of madness. The result—cool, easy, chic looks for men and women that embody youthful elegance and personal style.
The company’s vanguard vision of designer clothing, accessories, and footwear at a contemporary price point opened up the once dormant entry-level designer market. 3.1 Phillip Lim has established itself as a respected business model and is seen as a pioneering force in the industry. Today the brand is available in over 400 boutiques and department stores across 50 countries, with flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, and Singapore.
"3.1 is about clothes that refine instead of define. A refinement that’s a bit classic in attitude, but imparts a sense of individual style, without looking or feeling forced. Confident, chic, and most of all, effortless."
- Phillip Lim
Nicole Richie is a sensation on many fronts: from Creative Director of a global fashion business to actress as well as philanthropist and writer.
A native Californian, Nicole was born and raised in Los Angeles and having always been surrounded by garbs and costumes, Nicole developed an appreciation for fashion at an early age, which is one of the primary reasons the Winter Kate | House of Harlow 1960 collection was born. The Winter Kate | House of Harlow 1960 company was founded by Nicole Richie in 2009 in partnership with Majestic Mills (apparel) and Modern Vintage (accessories).
Her premiere clothing collection, Winter Kate, recently launched its Spring 2011 collection globally along with her premiere sunglasses collection under existing label House of Harlow 1960. House of Harlow 1960 (launched in 2008) also continues its successful jewelry and shoe collection.
Nicole was last seen on the small screen guest-starring for the second time on the hit NBC prime-time series, “Chuck.” Richie starred in the episodes as the snarky and spiteful girl who tortured the series’ lead character, Sarah, at school and is forced to face her again.
Her other TV credits include guest appearances on the UPN show’s “Eve” and “Rock Me Baby,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”, Bravo’s “Project Runway” and NBC’s “American Dreams” as Brenda Reid, the lead singer of The Exciters. Her film credits include a cameo appearance in Wes Craven’s CURSED and a role in the feature KIDS IN AMERICA.
Richie also spends much of her time working with The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation (RMCF). Launched in December 2007 in honor of the birth of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s daughter, Harlow, The Richie-Madden Children Foundation provides meaningful opportunities to children around the world, while also striving to bring light and laughter into their lives through unique entertainment and special events.
RMCF has partnered with the non-profit organization, Beyond Shelter, in creating an annual fundraiser and media events related to youth homelessness and has developed a media project to raise awareness and inspire action among teenage girls. Nicole and Joel, along with their family, aim to use their place in pop culture to raise awareness about the domestic and international issues endangering children, to highlight the organizations that are making a positive impact, and to inspire others, especially young people, to get involved.
Richie also serves on the board of the Environmental Media Association, and supports other charities including The Young Musicians Fund, The Art of Elysium and The Race to Erase MS. She was recently honored by A Place Called Home for her philanthropic efforts.
In addition to acting, designing and being a philanthropist, in 2005, Richie wrote & released a best-selling book for Harper Collins called “The Truth About Diamonds.” She wrote and released her second novel entitled “Priceless” in 2010.
Richie currently resides in Los Angeles.
Belgian born designer Olivier Theyskens started his eponymous brand in 1997. His sharp design and cutting-edge vision quickly made him one of the most acclaimed and respected designers of his generation.
In 2002, Olivier Theyskens was appointed Artistic Director of Rochas, a position he held for four years. He was awarded the title of Best International Designer by the CFDA in 2006, and that same year he took over the position of Artistic Director at Nina Ricci.
Theyskens' unique aesthetic was captured in a personal art book project, The Other Side of the Picture (ed. Assouline). Published in 2010, the book is an anthology of images that offer an intimate insight into Theyskens' work throughout the years.
In 2010, Olivier Theyskens and Andrew Rosen (founder and CEO of Theory) joined their complementary strengths and visionary approaches to contemporary fashion to create the Theyskens' Theory brand.
In November of that year, Olivier Theyskens was appointed Artistic Director of the global Theory brand, as well as Head Designer of the Theyskens' Theory collections. These expansive roles have enabled him to explore a variety of design directions and creative expressions, as well as allowing him to offer a new point-of-view on modern fashion.